How to Buy Used Camera Gear: Tips for Finding Great Deals While Avoiding Being Ripped Off

Buying used gear of any kind can be a nerve-wracking experience. But when you’re talking about delicate cameras and lenses, purchasing something secondhand can be particularly challenging.

How can you make sure what you’re buying actually works the way it’s supposed to, and how do you avoid being ripped off by shady camera sellers?

In the below video from OrmsTV, Deon talks with Clinton from the Used Gear & Rentals at Orms Direct to get some expert advice on how to buy used camera equipment. In the clip, Clinton answers the following questions about buying used camera gear:

• What questions should you ask a seller before you even agree to meet them?

• What should you look for when buying a used DSLR camera body?

• What shutter count is acceptable?

• How do you know how hard a mirrorless camera has worked when you can't trust the shutter count?

• What should you watch out for when you buy a used camera lens?

The video answers all those questions and more. And make sure you watch till the end for the shocking finish!

After you watch the clip, go visit OrmsTV for more photography videos, and check out our own story with 10 Things You Should Know When Buying Cameras On eBay.

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